David Heavenor
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Private 1993 With Simon Jaquet : The Night Visitors
Winter's Children 2001 Produced by Steve Butler of Lies Damned Lies
The Automatic Eye 2007 Produced by David Scott of The Pearlfishers
In Northern Towns Like These 2009 Self produced



David Heavenor is a Scottish singer-songwriter, born in Kingston, Jamaica, who has produced four albums:
Private: The Night Visitors (1993, with Simon Jaquet); Winter’s Children (2001, Sticky Music, Produced by
Steve Butler); The Automatic Eye (2006, Produced by David Scott) and In Northern Towns Like These.
2009. He works as Development Manager at The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh’s mid-scale Concert Hall and his
song Bad Man’s Pride was written in his basement office one evening while he was waiting after work
for an evening concert to begin. ( He lived out of town at the time)
Plaudits for his songs have come from Ricky Ross who called Jenny and the Cold Caller (Private) ‘One of
the best songs ever written. Tom Morton writing in The Scotsman called his song Linger and Go ..’ a
masterpiece of songwriting.’ Recently he was featured as songwriter of the week on The Iain Anderson
Show on BBC Radio Scotland. The City of Edinburgh takes a central role in the setting for many of the
songs most notably in the song Change Me Like Snow (Winter’s Children) which is an homage to friends
who stuck by the writer in a troubled time. The songs cover the well plumbed depths of lost love but also
range through more unusual material like a song about South African political activist Joe Slovo (Private)
and Second World War pilots Oxford Street in the Blackout (The Automatic Eye) seemingly partly inspired
by the novel That Summer by Scottish writer Andrew Greig. His song I’m Watching Rosanna (Winter’s
Children) is a lyrical treatment about a girl caught up in a Christian cult in Ireland. My Heart Beats Like a
Dream (Winter’s Children) is a rage against the ‘juggernaut’ which ‘wheels out’ the mindless and hateful
creeds a theme especially pertinent in today’s world. An interesting connection here is that Deacon Blue
songwriter Ricky Ross used this line in his own song The Undeveloped Heart (New Recording (1997) and
Ooh Las Vegas (Deacon Blue (1990)giving ‘My friend David’ a name check and perhaps stems from the
days when they knew each other in the early eighties playing in various long lost local bands.